So, The Abortion Pledge was simultaneously a success and a failure. On the one hand, the pledge itself has about 300 signatures and comments like these:
On the other hand, however, Dan Savage re-posted it on Slog, where it got a reaction more like this:
Before this pledge existed, I still lived by its principles.
I love my daughter and chose to have her after planning my pregnancy. I will fight for her right to choose for herself the destiny of her own body.
I have had an abortion. It was the right choice for me. If I hadn’t had an abortion, I would’ve been a 13-year-old with a baby.
The right to abortion is a human right. Abortion on demand should be available to every single person who ever has lived or ever will live with a uterus.
I’m 27, pregnant, and eagerly awaiting the birth of my first child! This baby is a wanted baby—the only kind a woman should ever have.
If I needed an abortion, I would have one. Because I was a teenager when abortion was a crime, and what that did to women was another crime. Including, my sister’s friend forced to carry her dead baby to term, which so poisoned her system she was never able to have another child. Abortion restrictions kill women, and the children they would have when they are able.
I feel I have made this pledge to myself in the past, and I have followed through on it. I have never once regretted having an abortion; my life and the life of my future family is better for it.
I've thought a lot about it, read every single comment, and talked about it with Dan, and this is the conclusion I've come to: I like my original pledge. I'm not going to apologize for it because I think it's good. I think it sends a strong message, and I think it started a really interesting conversation. The original, however, is about abortion. What the majority of people seem to want is something that's about being pro-choice. We can do that.
You’re kidding, right? Pro-choice does not mean pro-abortion.
This does nothing other than play to the prejudices of the pro-life lobby.
The list sucks. I am strongly pro-choice but strongly anti-abortion; it’s traumatic (to varying degrees) to the woman concerned, and should really be an emergency option for when things go wrong.
Wow. Just wow. I think I am as prochoice [sic] as they come. I even provide abortions for fuck’s sake but that pledge is messed up.
Note how many people are offended by the pledge, think it’s a bad idea, and or do not perceive it as satire. Since all those people are allies, that makes this a bad pledge.
This pledge seems like one of those imaginary conservative ideas of what liberals are.
This is dumb, and I strongly suspect (or hope) that Jocelyn is a teenager.
Offensive to the core.
Fuck you, you vapid judgemental [sic] fucking cunt.
Wow Jocelyn - way to not get the point of CHOICE. Booo. Bad liberal! Bad!
Bitter, militant, college educated, middle class white womyn in their ‘I had an abortion!’ t-shirts want women to feel having an abortion is no more a moral dilemma than flossing some meat out of their teeth. They are militant, unpleasant, angry misanthropes. Bitter bourgeois bitches. Fuck u Jocelyn. Pro-choice parent.
Jocelyn: you made some mistakes. Now make the responsible choice that causes the least damage. Abort this awful, I’ll-conceived pledge before it gets too far along. I know it’s hard, but you know it’s right.
I've read all the comments about the pledge on this site, on the pledge itself, and on Slog. As such, I think we should consider this the "crowd-sourced version." If you hated the old one, expressed your disdain, and like the new one, then consider yourself a co-writer. Here we go:
(changes in bold)
I pledge the following to the members of the Susan B. Anthony list and the citizens of the United States of America:
1. If I become pregnant and decide that ending the pregnancy is the best course of action, I will have an abortion.
2. I respect the right to obtain a safe and legal abortion, even in situations where I would not abort.
3. If I become pregnant and opt not to have an abortion, I will remember that my choice would have been meaningless without the right to choose, and will continue to defend that right.
4. I will support universal access to affordable contraception and accurate sex education, with the full knowledge that it is easier and safer to prevent an unwanted pregnancy than to end one.
5. If I am able, I will donate to Planned Parenthood and/or other organizations that defend my right to choose.
5. I refuse to let a single issue, no matter how important to me, define the way I vote.
The new pledge is live. Click here!